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Nov 13, 2012 7:00am EST
affair between general petraeus and paula broadwell. meantime a team of fbi agents searched broadwell's home in charlotte, north carolina, overnight, and spent nearly five hours there wrapping up just after 1:00 in the morning. "wall street journal" is reporting that the fbi agent who launched the petraeus investigation himself is under investigation. in part because he sent shirtless pictures of himself to jill kelley. jill kelley, the woman who kicked off all of this investigation, by complaining about the e-mails that she was getting from the petraeus mistress. so the agent, who knew kelley, allegedly sent those pictures before any investigation began, but as you can see, the story is getting much more complicated. we've got team coverage of the breaking news this morning. chris lawrence is at the pentagon. chris, i don't even know where to begin because there's so much to talk about. let's start with general allen. what's the implications of this -- of him being brought in to petraeus scandal and what has he said about it? >> so far, from what we've heard from defense officials, sol
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Nov 13, 2012 5:00am EST
, paula broadwell. >> get this. "the wall street journal" reports the fbi agent who launched the petraeus investigation was removed from the case after it was discovered he sent a shirtless picture of himself to jill kelly. the agent who knew kelly sent the pictures before the investigation began. he was later removed from the investigation because supervisors were concerned the agent may have become obsessed with the case. >> and there's more. a team of fbi agents searching paula broadwell's home yesterday. eight to ten agents brought cardboard boxes and searched both levels of the house. the fbi confirmed agents were there but wouldn't say what they were looking for. >> obviously, a lot going on here. we have two reports. chris lawrence of the pentagon and brianna keeler in our washington bureau. let's start with chris. chris, we're talking about two high-level government officials in a scandal, general allen sent to become the supreme ally commander for nato. first off, what's the latest on the investigation? you are hearing anything? what is going to happen to general allen? >> report
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Nov 12, 2012 4:00pm EST
with livestrong, the support group that he founded 15 years ago. the livestrong foundation says armstrong has voluntarily resigned from its board of directors. in a statement, livestrong says, we are proud of lance's indelible contributions to the global effort to eradicate cancer and his ongoing personal commitment to improving the lives of its survivors. armstrong was stripped of his record seven tour de france titles. last month, armstrong denies that he ever cheated. top of the hour and it's time for t"the situation room" with wolf blitzer. >>> happening now, new questions about the sex scandal that toppled the cia director. why did a republican congressman now about it before the white house? >>> also, new information about the woman at the center of the storm. her past makes the present all the more shocking. >>> plus, a crack, a serious crack in republican opposition to raising tax rates on the rich. a leading conservative now seems to be opening the door. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> intriguing new twists and turns in the scandal that's gripping washington, indeed the nation and much of the world. the affair that led general dividend petraeus to resign as director of the central intelligence agency. we're finding out that at least one lawmaker here in washington may have learned of it ahead of the president and there are questions about the investigation that led to petraeus' stunning downfall. brian todd's been working the story for us and getting new information. brian, tell our viewers what's the latest? >> we found out that the house majority leader, republican congressman eric cantor, may have found out almost two weeks before the president did. this and other time lines we're following on the investigation have led to genuine anger over why the white house and other top congressional leaders weren't told sooner. a time line cnn has put together shows the republican house majority leader may have known about former cia director david petraeus' extramarital affair before the president did. that's according to aides to congressman eric cantor who tell us he found out from an fbi employee concerned that national security might have been breached as a result of the affair. cantor was told on october 27th. president obama didn't find out about the affair until after election day. congressional leaders from both parties are upset that neither they nor the president were informed until late last week. >> obviously this was a matter involving a potential compromise of security. and the president should have been told about it at the earliest date. >> reporter: a u.s. official said there was no breach of security as a result of the affair. a cantor aide says the congressman called the fbi's leadership to report the information he got on october 31st. but according to "the wall street journal," the fbi's probe had already been under way for months. "the journal" says the fbi's investigation began in may when it started looking into e-mails described as threatening sent to a woman cnn has identified as jill kelley, a family friend of petraeus'. the fbi traced the e-mails back to paula broadwell, petraeus' biographer. and by late summer, "the wall street journal" report, the bureau linked broadwell to petraeus. that's when "the journal" says top officials informed eric holder of the situation. >> once the white house, once some staffer knows, various people find out about something, it becomes public almost instantly. you see this all the time. >> reporter: cnn contributor tom fuentes says under its protocols the fbi and justice department should have kept it inside their circles, unless there was evidence of a breach of security or criminal wrongdoing. and there was no evidence of either. "the journal" reports the fbi interviewed petraeus the week before the election. and nbc news reports the bureau wrapped up its investigation on november 2nd. we could not get comment from the fbi or the justice department on the time lines. so why didn't congressman cantor go to top congressional leaders when he got the information on october 27th? a cantor aide says the congressman's information came from one person in one phone call, that it was unsubstantiated and he felt it was up to the fbi to look into it and report to it the appropriate people in congress when the time was right. >> what was the nature of the relationship between petraeus and this other woman, jill kelley, whose name all of a sudden has surfaced? >> she is described in just about every account as just a family friend of the petraeus' and sources have told cnn that petraeus himself has said he did not have an affair with anyone else but paula broadwell. >> brian todd, thanks very much for that. what makes the story all the more intriguing is the very unusual investigation of the cia director by the fbi. that probe itself is now being investigated by congress. let's dig a little bit deeper with our chief political analyst, gloria borger. this is about as sensitive a subject as you get. the fbi investigating people or some people and the name of the cia director shows up in this investigation. >> it's incredibly delicate. i spent my day today talking to former law enforcement official who is say people at the fbi are very sensitive to the legacy of j. edgar hoover who, as you know, used to investigate people in other branches of government and use it as a way to blackmail them or gain political power. that's clearly not what was going on here. but the question that was asked over and over again, i'm told, is how much do you err on the side of notification even when you believe there was no national security breach? in a way, it's easier when you think there's a national security breach because the protocol is pretty clear. you know exactly who you have to inform and what you have to do. but the question that they were going over, over and over again, is, will there be a concern that we were covering something up, even if there's no evidence of criminal activity? so you see, what occurred is when the case was effectively closed, then they went to petraeus' boss, james clapper, and notified him that the case was closed. >> clapper, the director of national intelligence. i know that the respective chairm chairmen, they're very upset they weren't informed about a month-long investigation by the fbi, an investigation that included word that the cia director himself was somehow involved. >> senator feinstein, who's the chairman of the senate intelligence committee is clearly very upset about this. they believe that there's a relevant section in the national security act which says that they should have been informed. that, however, may not be as clear as some members of congress are saying. so she wants to know why she wasn't told about this sooner. and i think -- when i spoke with her last friday, wolf, she learned about it kind of the way we learned about it. but i also -- >> she learned about it from the media. >> right. >> there were media inquiries coming in to her office like mike rogers, the chairman of the house -- they both had queries coming into their offices from the news media. >> right. but she has an even larger concern, which is general petraeus' trip to the middle east, presumably benghazi, there's a report on that that she has not seen. and there are questions about whether general petraeus' mistress knew something about that report that the chairman of the senate intelligence committee does not know. and if that's the case, i think there's going to be a lot of anger on capitol hill. so she's just concerned that she has the most accurate, up-to-date information that she should have as chairman of the intelligence committee. and that would include general petraeus' report, if there is one, from the middle east. >> just because he's resigned as director of the cia, that doesn't mean he's off the hook as far as potentially testify before the intelligence committees and other committees about what he knew, when he knew it, about the killing of the u.s. ambassador and three other americans at the benghazi consulate. >> i think senator feinstein, while she's not going to have him testify publicly on the hearings that start on thursday, as far as we know right now, she said that's not going to occur, it's very clear to me that she does think, i've been told, that she needs to hear from him at some point, whether that comes in a closed hearing or not, at some date certain. they need the answers to the questions about benghazi, separate from everything else that's going on. in general, petraeus' life, i think they still want those answers. and while the acting director is certainly going to testify and is certainly qualified to testify, i think they'd like to hear about general petraeus' trip to the middle east. >> it's still pretty shocking to me. there's an investigation that's going on for months and months and months. and the cia director is somehow involved and the president of the united states doesn't know about this? that's amazing to me. it's shocking to me that either the fbi director, bob muller, or the justice department, attorney general, eric holder, nobody bothers to tell the president? >> it's a question of, if this is not a national security matter, if it's a question of general petraeus having a human drama going on in his life, does the president need to know? what's surprising to me, wolf is that after general petraeus was interviewed by the fbi, why he didn't take it to his boss personally? why did he not go to the director of national intelligence himself at that particular point and say, i need to talk to you about x, y or z that's going on. as far as we know, clapper, the dni, was only informed on november 2nd. >> what a story. >> i think there are just a lot of unanswered questions that i'm hoping we'll get answered the next few days. >> eventually, i'm sure we will. may take a while. thank you. >>> before the scandal exploded, she was just known as petraeus' biographer. but also clearly an admirer. we're digging into paula broadwell's past. >> i'm not a spokesperson for him and if showing a role model to other people in the world, other readers is a repugnant thing, i'm sorry. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it finds one, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and register your purchase online. have a super sparkly day! ok. 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[ cellphone vibrating ] [ female announcer ] with cisco at the center, working together has never worked so well. >>> he's a public figure who's rised through the ranks of both military and government has certainly been well documented. less well known is the woman in the scandal surrounding general david petraeus. her name, paula broadwell. chris lawrence has been looking into her background. chris joins us now. what are you finding out, chris? >> reporter: david petraeus cultivated a lot of really smart people around him. paula broadwell certainly fit that bill. petraeus was an avid runner. paula broadwell competed in an iron man triathlon. a longtime friend says when petraeus looked back at the affair that cost him his career, he reflected that paula broadwell's relationship with him had some element of possessiveness. but that's not part of what initially attracted the two. a longtime friend of david petraeus says years in the war zone left him isolated. petraeus didn't have anyone on his level he could talk to candidly. so when paula broadwell came along, quote, he enjoyed her company. she was an attractive gal and they had things in common. another officer who knows both echoes that thought. >> she's a very bright -- she worked for me, as you know, she's an incredibly talented, very bright, creative, immensely fit and very attractive young lady. >> reporter: some journalists criticized broadwell on petraeus' biography, calling it a soft and glowing portrait of the general. broadwell defended herself on cnn. >> this project started as my december dissertation three years ago. when he was selected by the president to replay general mcchrystal in the summer of 2010, i decided the time was right to turn it into a book. >> reporter: she was elected class president and valedictorian in high school. she was a basketball player and homecoming queen. she graduated west point and introduced herself to petraeus while working on her ph.d. at harvard. petraeus is known for his competitive jogging and paula broadwell started running with him while working on her book. she also traveled to afghanistan with him. and an adviser who observed them together in afghanistan says, some petraeus staffers couldn't understand why she got such unprecedented access to the general. in fact, some of these military staffers who had worked with petraeus for years just could not come to grips with the fact that he was spending so much time with broadwell. they also complained that she dressed inappropriately on occasion, wearing tight skirts and other things that might be inappropriate. but the adviser i spoke with who saw both of them in afghanistan says a lot of this was pure jealousy, that paula broadwell was not the only woman there in afghanistan at isaf headquarters who dressed the way she did. she did not stand out in that regard, in his opinion. he also says some of the time together was cultivated by petraeus and that's how you got to know him. he said, when i went to afghanistan, i asked people, how do i get petraeus to trust me, to get into that inner circle? they all told me, you've got to go running with him. that's where he does his business. wolf? >> interesting stuff. chris, you point out she is a graduate of west point. she was a u.s. army officer for 10 or 15 years, active duty, is that right? retired at the rank of major? >> reporter: that's all correct. in fact, i spoke with a former army officer who knew both of them. and he described paula broadwell as a fantastic officer, incredibly smart and very, very capable. >> chris lawrence, thanks very much. before now, she certainly wasn't a household name but paula broadwell is fairly well-known in some military and national security circles. this past summer in july, she posed a question at an aspen institute security forum in aspen, colorado, that i was moderating. here's what she asked the head of the u.s. special operations command, admiral william mccraven. >> thank you for your service, sir. wolf, you've done a wonderful job. i admire your role in moderating. my question is about women in the military. i know as you alluded, women serve on cultural support teams. but the 1994 ground combat exclusion policy was recently relaxed earlier this year, opening up 14,000 more positions to women. 4,000 in the navy as well. and there's a pilot program with the marines to allow women into the infantry. a lot of resistance in the army to allowing women in to the school. what are your thoughts on increasing women's role in combat and the eventuality as women as navy s.e.a.l.s? >> frankly, what we've seen, at least in my time in the military and over the last ten years is the phenomenal job that women do everywhere we put them in terms of a military job. >> we're going to have a lot more on this story coming up. more information coming forward later here in "the situation room." stand by. we'll also have a check of the day's other top story, including this, a stumbling-block. there are signs some republicans are rethinking their opposition to raising taxes on the rich. two years ago, the people of bp made a commitment to the gulf. bp has paid over twenty-three billion dollars to help those affected and to cover cleanup costs. today, the beaches and gulf are open, and many areas are reporting their best tourism seasons in years. and bp's also committed to america. we support nearly 250,000 jobs and invest more here than anywhere else. we're working to fuel america for generations to come. our commitment has never been stronger. >>> there's more evidence today that syria's civil war is spreading into neighboring countries. lisa sylvester is monitoring that and some of the other top stories in "the situation room" right now. what do you have? >> hi, there, wolf. syrian aircraft bombed a rebel held town and a crossing point on the turkish border today. opposition activists say a number of civilians were killed and many syrians fled into turkey for safety. meantime, israel says it has returned fire into syria after stray mortar fire landed in the golan higs. it's the second time in 24 hours that syrian shells have hit israeli-held territory. >>> and the deaths from superstorm sandy has hit over 110. more than 160,000 customers in ten states still have no electricity. signs of recovery this morning with improved train and ferry service in new jersey and new york. >>> the man behind sesame street's adored puppet elbow is taking time off after denigh he had an inappropriate relationship with a teenage boy. a 23-year-old man says he was 16 when he had a relationship with the puppeteer, kevin clash. sesame street says it found the allegations undocumented. >>> after 50 years, james bond, still setting records. the action thriller "skyfall" posted the biggest box office opening ever for the bond series grossing a massive $87.8 million in its first three days. daniel craig stars as 007 and our own wolf blitzer makes a cameo appearance playing himself. i just wanted to say bond, james bond. >> i say blitzer, wolf blitzer. i went to see it saturday night. it was really good. >> friends who have seen it said really good things about it. >> i was a brilliant wolf blitzer. i got into that character. i studied that character. spending a few years trying to study how to play wolf blitzer in a james bond movie. >> it's difficult, huh? >> it was difficult for me. when i was a young teenager, i was an usher at the old north park theater in buffalo, and "goldfinger" was playing. i was a little guy at that theater watching james bond. and now i have a cameo appearance. >> did you ever think you would be in a james bond movie? >> no, no. >> imagine that. that is reason enough. >> it was a great movie. 2 1/2 hours, definitely worth the $11 i spent to go see it. thank you. >>> a looming financial disaster for the united states. does the so-called fiscal cliff now have republicans rethinking their opposition to raising taxes on the wealthy? we have details of what one leading conservative is now saying. well, having a ton of locations doesn't hurt. and my daughter loves the santa. oh, ah sir. that is a customer. let's not tell mom. [ male announcer ] break from the holiday stress. fedex office. >>> as you know, the united states has been hurtling towards what's been called the fiscal cliff. drastic spending cuts across the board, military and domestic spending unless congress and the white house can reach a deal on cutting the deficit. cnn's senior congressional correspondent dana bash reports there are signs of movement in this deeply entrenched battle line. >> reporter: wolf, talks will begin in earnest this week to avoid the fiscal cliff at the end of the year. and both sides are coming to the table trying to sound as agreeable as possible, positioning themselves to blame the other if things fall apart. sam say it would drive the economy back into a recession. the halls of the capitol, eerily quiet as congress commemorates veterans day. but this stillness will soon be replaced by frenzy to avoid the fiscal cliff. public posturing, however, is well under way. we can't accept an unfair deal that piles all of this on the middle class and tells them they have to support it. >> you do have to have revenues on the table. but that does not mean raising taxes. >> reporter: but there are new cracks in that gop pledge, conservative commentator bill crystal. >> it won't kill the country if we raise taxes a little bit on millionaires. i don't understand why republicans don't take obama's offer to freeze taxes for everyone below $250,000. >> reporter: he doesn't get a vote. gop senator bob corker does. >> we know there has to be revenues. look, i haven't met a wealthy republican or democrat in tennessee that's not willing to contribute more, as long as they know we've solved the problems. >> reporter: still, even if republicans agree to raise taxes on wealthy americans, there is still a big divide over how to do that. democrats pledge to let bush era tax rates for families making $250,000 or more expire at the end of the year, go from 35% to 39.6%. to get nearly $1 trillion in deficit reduction. >> if someone can show another plan that doesn't do that, we look -- we could look at it, but no one's shown one. i think it's mathematically impossible. >> reporter: republicans say they're open to closing tax loopholes and eliminates some deductions. so far, the president and house speaker have gone out of their way to sound conciliatory, which sources in both parties tell cnn is all about positioning themselves to look reasonable. but each man faces unique pressure from within his own party. in the senate, for example, several democrats facing reelection in two years are from red states and may be reluctant to vote for tax increases. on the gop side, borne has a caucus full of republicans who signed a pledge signed by grover norquist not to raise taxes and he isn't budging. >> we need to reduce the total spending and we do need more revenue. >> reporter: according to norquist's website, 236 house members signed his pledge not to raise taxes. that's all but six house republicans. but as cnn first reported on this program last week, house speaker john boehner used a post-election conference call with rank-and-file republicans to plead for patience, to give him running room to negotiate with the president who did just win reelection. mandate or not. >> let's discuss what's going on in our "strategy session." joining us are donna brazile and alex castellanos. that bill crystal comment, go ahead, raise the taxes on the wealthy, maybe more than $250,000, maybe $1 million a year. he says, what's wrong with that? half of them voted for obama anyhow in hollywood, he makes that point. >> i think the big thing is republicans want to plant as much seed corn into the economy so it will grow. but here's how the republicans in the house are looking at this thing. i've talked with a few of them this week. this is not about a deal to raise taxes. we already have a deal to raise taxes. when these tax cuts expire, taxes will go up for everybody. what we're talking about is a deal to get some of the money back. >> but no one wants the taxes to go up for the middle tax, for people making less than $250,000 a year. everyone agrees they should have the current tax rate, shouldn't go back to the level it was before the bush tax cuts went into effect. >> what i'm saying is this is not about republicans supporting a deal to raise taxes. this is about republicans supporting a deal to stop this. there's already a deal to raise taxes to undo as much of it as possible. i think you're going to see a lot of republicans, bill crystal, in congress saying, we'll take as much as we can get here. yes, i think there's common ground to get something done in the house. >> let's say the republicans take bill crystal's advice and go along with the president, raise the tax rate for the wealthy from 35% to 39.6%, which it was during the bill clinton administration. will the democrats -- and you know the democrats in the house and the senate and the president go along with these serious cuts in spending in entitlements, for example, medicare, social security, medicaid, all those spending cuts that the democrats usually hate. >> first of all, i want to tell my friend, dana, i believe the democrats have a mandate. we don't have to sit around for the next two years and listen to the republicans whine and complain about tax cuts going up. president obama extended the bush tax cuts for two years. he's put forward a grand bargain. republicans reject that had. the democrats defeated 16 republican incumbents last week. i think the house democrats will be in a position to work with mr. boehner to try to get the votes. mr. boehner has never been able to deliver the votes without ms. pelosi and the democrats delivering those votes. i think the democratic position is to come up with a fair and balanced proposal to not raise taxes on the middle class and to not sit back and listen to the republicans talk about robbing the banks when the bush tax cuts robbed us -- >> here's the question, will the democrats go along with cuts and entitlement spending? >> i don't know, wolf. i will be up on capitol hill on thursday. i want to hear from them. i don't want to tell them what to do because i do believe they have a mandate from the american people to basically put everything on the table and to come up with a balanced approach and not listen to the nightmares the republicans are -- >> donna has a point. and i think a lot of republicans agree with barack obama on this. but it's the barack obama who said when the economy's weak, you don't raise taxes on anybody, which is why he intended the bush tax cuts for two more years. but that's not the point. i think you'll find republicans sincere about doing something on the taxes, coming to table, if democrats are serious about the thing that's going to ruin the country, which is spending without end. what we're doing now, government's become this mechanism that allows all of us to take more of each other's money than any of us can afford. >> what do you think of the idea of instead of using the $250,000 income as a threshold, do what chuck schumer, the democratic senator from new york floated, $1 million, only people earning more than $1 million a year would get a tax increase? >> i think that's a symbolic number -- we're talking about 98% of the american people under $250,000. the one thing the republicans fail to remember because they cannot do math. they didn't have enough math last week to understand the electoral college nor of course the popular vote. here's the math. under the bush tax cuts, we've lost trillions of dollars in revenues. our deficit is problematic because of both the trillions of dollars in loss of revenue including the americans who want us to get them back to work as well as spending. but spending under this president is the lowest it's been since president eisenhower. >> no one's going to believe that spending under this president -- >> you guys have math problems. >> $16 trillion from $10 trillion and spending has been the lowest? donna's got a fever. you better check. >> you want to rub my tummy, you'll get in trouble. be careful, now, baby, because i am hot. hot in that cool kind of way. >> we know that when it goes from $10 trillion to $16 trillion -- >> the national debt he's talking about. >> in terms of coming to a deal, that is what scares republicans. >> unlike the republicans he put the worse spending on the books so that that was included in the deficit. but part of our deficit is driven by the fact that we're not raising revenues. people are not working. that's why we have to get people back to -- >> republicans would say -- i think what republicans would point out is the difference between raising taxes and raising revenues. a lot of times when we've raised revenues on very productive elements of society, in other words, the people that are creating a lot of jobs, the economy shrinks and you get less tax revenue. that happened before. >> people want to go back to work. >> hold on a second, guys. we have a lot more to talk about. i think the point he's trying to make, if the economy grows at 2%, you get a certain amount of revenue coming into the government, the irs. if it grows at 4% or 5%, people have better jobs, they're making more money, there will be an increase in tax revenues as well. >> we want to put jobs first. we grow the economy by giving people work. we'll also raise revenue that is way. >> stand by, guys. we'll continue this conversation. >>> also a top adviser to mitt romney's presidential campaign says republicans are, quote, scaring the heck out of immigrants. does the future of the republican party hinge on changing perceptions among latinos? 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businessman who is very instrumental in bringing these various groups together, and a woman who is very known for advocacy of women's rights. and perhaps most important is that all three of these individuals leading this coalition have street credibility inside syria. all three were detained during this current uprising at some point in time. and all are well-known opposition figures. but this is still at this point just a very first step towards really building a unified coalition that the international community, the united states is comfortable dealing with, is comfortable providing funding to, wolf. >> arwa, there are very deep concerns, as you know, about whether the west can control the rebels, the syrian rebels. you have a report showing very graphic video of atrocities allegedly conducted by both sides and it may be disturbing to some of our viewers. tell us what you have. >> reporter: this is just one of the many reasons why it is so critical for this coalition to be recognized, to be able to move forward because the situation in syria is spiraling out of control. again, we have to warn our viewers that what they're about to see is incredibly disturbing. this is video from homs shot earlier this year. rebel fighters crawl through holes they smashed in walls and find an entire family killed by regime forces, they say. a woman's body lies on the floor. in the room next to it, bodies crowded into a corner. the slaugtered child's face, a mask of fear. corner. the child's face a mask of fear. more dead are in the bathroom. a small voice womimpers from another room, the only survivor. the assad regime has always maintained it is simply targeting foreign back terrorists seeking to overthrow the government. but there are a horrifying stream of daily videos, none of which can be independently confirmed by cnn alleging to show atrocities carried out by regime forces that the opposition claims show no mercy, not even to those already dead. hear what appear to be fighters dragging a body up into a man's truck. and in this video corpses are used for target practice. images like these in syria. and now a growing number of videos alleging to show similar war crimes carried out by rebel fighters. this video is said to have been shot in the town of hadan. one clip is especially disturbing. what appear to be rebel fighters curse. the man, unarmed, is gunned down. in the next clip, a detainee is walked past the body. the men on the ground allegedly, assad fighters, cry out. their pleas met with a volley of gunfire. the head of the free syrian judicial council blames these actions on the ruthless tactics of the government. these are isolated incidents carried out by individual revolutionaries. the regime tactician are what created this radicalism, he tells us from his base in turkey. a person who has had their entire home destroyed with their family inside, has had their entire family killed will naturally become radicalized. he admits that they can't control or monitor every single person. still, he says, this is not a reflection of the revolution. our revolution is about justice, equality and rule of law, things at that are sadly among too often among the many casualties of war. that is why is t is so critical to pring about an end to the fighting, not to mention the refugee populations growing in the neighboring countries and the ongoing daily death toll. >> thank you. very, very disturbing information. >> other news, we're following an extra marital affairs with national security implications at the highest level. new information about the sex scandal swirling around general petreus. and thousands of articles found hidden in an unlikely place. two years ago, the people of bp made a commitment to the gulf. bp has paid over twenty-three billion dollars to help those affected and to cover cleanup costs. today, the beaches and gulf are open, and many areas are reporting their best tourism seasons in years. and bp's also 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way down the football field to pick up his crown. the very happy day for the popular student who beat out other football players and popular kids for the honor. >> lisa, thank you. >> you're in "the situation room." happening now, new questions about the timeline of an affair that brought down a decorated cia chief. just how long was it going on? was national security ever at serious risk? plus, new insights in the lives of general david petreus and paula broadwell from someone who has known both of them personally for years and has communicated with them since the scandal broke. our own david gergen and paula broadwell in her own words. what she says about her relationship with the man she spent a year with on the front lines in afghanistan. we want to welcome our viewers from the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> an extramarital affair rocking washington, fuelling a growing demand for answers. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle want to know long the relationship went on, whether any classified information was shared during that time. let's bring in our intelligence correspondent suzanne kelly. she's been working the story. she's got the latest information for us. suzanne, what else are you learning? >> well, petreus has been talking with friend who is have been offering their support throughout the weekend and today and all of this, one of them telling me today that the general is disappointed in himself, that this is a man who has never failed at anything and he realizes now just how badly he's failed his family by having the affair, that he realized he put the president also in a tough spot and he regrets having done that as well. obviously there are a lot of questions about his judgment and about just what may have been put at risk. this is one reason why an affair between general david petreus and his biographer, paula broad well, is raising questions about whether the relationship put national security at risk. >> i don't know if a lot of you heard this but they had taken a couple of libyan militia members prisoner and they think the attack on the conflict was an effort to try to get the prisoners back. that's still being vetted. >> reporter: the sharing of unvetted material about benghazi, a serious claim that the cia was holding prisoners and that was one of the reasons for the attack, a claim a senior intelligence officer adamantly denies ever happened. but when someone outside the chain of command has unfettered access, information was found on broadwell's computer. >> i don't know how she got that information, we should find out. i don't know why. it's a rather confused situation. >> reporter: a u.s. official told cnn there were no issues with broadwell's access and noted she did have security clearance. source tell cnn the fbi investigation uncovered no evidence that national security was ever put at risk. that's not surprising says a former general who knows petreus. >> there's absolutely almost zero percent chance that national security was compromised or was at risk. >> reporter: but it does raise questions about what's allowed. according to a senior intelligence official, having an affair does not itself constitute a violation. meanwhile, friends of david petreus out in force monday. >> it's a tragedy, it's a tragedy for the nation, it's a tragedy for the agency and clearly a tragedy for the petreus family. >> general petreus spent the weekend talking with friend who is have offered their support and they've told cnn the affair began after petreus took the director position about a year ago and that it ended about four months ago. petreus has insisted he had an affair with just one woman. they were seen to the as recent lip as a month ago at a washington dinner. they say he's hunkered down with his family and is well aware of the pain he's caused them. >> has the fbi investigation ended? and has the cia internal investigation ended? >> we do know from the fbi investigation from a u.s. government official they did not find any wrongdoing in terms of any national security breaches or anything like that. so that combined with the fact that it's not illegal actually to have an affair pretty much means that there's not much more to dig. >> i suspect there probably will be more to dig given the nature of the story. we'll see what happens. suzanne, thanks very much. let's dig our saefs little bit deeper, see how this fbi investigation exposed the affair is unfolding. tom fuentes is joining us now. tom, thanks very much. walk us through because you spent your career in the fbi. this woman is jill kelley down in tampa. she's getting some e-mails from a mysterious source that seem to be making threatening suggestions, talking about general petreus. she tells an fbi agent in tampa what's going on. walk us through what happens. >> wolf, she does not mention petreus. all she knows is she's receiving more than just harassing messages but threatening messages. she happens to tell an fbi agent what she knows about what she's receiving. that agent reports it to the cyber squad. sending threatening e-mails is a violation of federal law and the u.s. has jurisdiction. the tampa division cyber squad begins an investigation with starts with who is sending the threatening messages. they're anonymous coming in so they have to speubpoena the records from the internet service provider, who is the owner of address, is that the person sending it or are they hacking in? >> they do a lot of work and they discover the paula broadwell and the director of the cia general petreus. >> at first they find out it's paula broadwell. >> and then they have direct e-mail correspondence between the two of them. what goes on at the fbi when they see the director of the cia is involved somehow? >> before they even get to that point they see numerous messages between someone ls whose names are not used in the messages. they're looking at is there one else with her that she's making threats with or on behalf of or is there another victim that's receiving threats that hasn't reported it yet? they subpoena the records for those accounts and that's where they identify general petreus. these are public e-mail addresses. they're not part of the government's classified system, which would be in his office as well. so these are completely separate, personal. >> let me read what the wall street journal writes entitled "the petreus probe." "it's hardly reassuring that the cia chief was correcting with ms. broadwell via a g male account. google runs gmale. for america's chief to leave himself vulnerable in this way is an astonishing lack of judgment for such a disspinned and experienced man. does "the wall street journal" have a point saying using a gmail account left him potentially vulnerable to blackmail or national security? >> it could. but the question is whether there is classified material exchanged or that she has gotten access to classified material through her relationship with him. that's what's looked at. as they go forward, they eventually interview her, they interview director petreus and determine immediately they both admit, yes, we were having this affair but it was personal, it was not related to giving of classified information and of course she's not a foreign national or an identified spy from another country. so in that sense as the investigation goes forward, they realize that there's borderline criminal activity, the u.s. attorney's office department of justice determine they're probably not going to prosecute her for the threats. he's done no wrong in terms of criminal activity and can find no incident of an actual security breach of classified material going out. >> we have confirmed that petreus told paula broadwell, the woman with whom he was having an affair, to stop sending harassing e-mails to jill kelley, this other woman in tampa, who was known to the petreus family. what does that say to you if he is now telling -- we have confirmed he's telling paula broadwell don't send any more threatening e-mails to this woman. >> i'd be curious about the source of this information in terms of did he really know that she was receiving it. if she's telling a friend who is an fbi agent in tampa, how is it getting to petreus from her that she's receiving these messages. if it related to him, why wouldn't she tell him first in the very beginning of this thing, this is occurring and i'm the victim of it and you're involved. i just don't know the details of that and haven't heard -- >> the story is really only developing now. do you believe the fbi investigation is overwith? >> it was winding down. >> but is it overwith? >> if there's new allegations that come forward now, they reserve the right to continue it or look into new allegations. >> why didn't the fbi immediately tell the president of the united states there's an investigation that involves the cia director? >> they have very strict per protocols on the notification options. notifications go up through the chain of command to the white house as well as to the appropriate leaders on the hill. normally in a case like this the fbi is extremely cautious about not notifying people unless they start to find that, hey, there is evidence of director petreus being involved in some criminal activity or there is evidence of a security breach. then those notifications are made. while it's in the investigative stage they don't. one of the key reasons is what you're seeing here. once the notifications are made, it leaks out, the media is camped out on everybody's lawn. if the fbi has to go out and do follow-up interviews, they hunker don't and don't want to talk about it anymore and it makes the investigation more difficult. the longer they can do this on a quiet, discrete, covert basis, the easier it is for the investigation and you're preserving the integrity of the investigation. >> thanks, tom. you'll be with us later on. >> she's the woman you haven't heard much about in the wake of the scandal. holly petraeus is anything but a wife living in her husband's shadow. you're going to find out why she's a military force all her own. plus a battle behind the scenes brewing between the white house and capitol hill that could take a toll potentially on your paycheck. ruth is, nyquil doesn't unstuff your nose. what? 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his first term was he got stuck in basically a headlock with congress and he clearly doesn't want to start there in a second term. so in the next two days he's meeting with labor leaders, progress groups to get democrats to shore up their own base before going to congress. also, wolf, expect them to press the president on their own agenda for the fiscal cliff. >> the democrats are certainly not all on the same page, are they? >> no, they're not. we focus on how this is a struggle between the white house and republicans, it's also a struggle within the democratic party. some democrats say taxes should go up for families making $250,000 or more but some say that hits too many middle class families. they want the line to be higher, $500,000 or $1 million and more, those are the people who should see their taxes go up and close deductions for those people, too. so there will be challenges within the democratic party to get everyone together, as well as within the republican party and some of those labor leaders meteorologi meeting with the president want to make sure he doesn't touch social security. >> he wants taxes to go up for people who make $250,000 or more. is that negotiable? >> that is the question. last week the president repeated that people making 250,000 and up must pay more, was his phrase. he didn't say what rate they should pay. the question is whether the president move off that? he has made clear he learned lessons negotiating in his first term. one theory is he could be playing tough with this line and maybe it will be move. taxes automatically go up if washington does nothing. so he has extra motivation on his side to force a deal. maybe that number could change. >> if congress does nothing, taxes go up on everyone, not just the wealthy, middle class, everyone will see a hike in their taxes starting january 31st. >> it gives him more leverage. >> let's dig a little deeper into the negotiations. david frum is with us. listen to what was said this morning on cnn. >> there's a compromise to be made. maybe we don't get as much in spending restraint as the republicans want but raising taxes a little bit doesn't solve the problem of the massive spending problem that we have. >> so is there an opening here? am i hearing an opening from some of these republicans, these conservatives in terms of raising tax rates as the president is demanding? you heard bill crystal. what do you think? >> first, i have a feeling of unreality of this whole debate. 80% of americans pay more in payroll taxes than in income taxes. we have a payroll tax holiday that saves those people, saves all of us who earn income two points of payroll tax on the income people earn to $110,000 worth of income. now, that holiday expires at the end of this year. and washington completely accepts that as a fact. nobody is perturbed, nobody cares. all of the focus is on the prospect of an increase in income tax rates for people who earn a great deal more. it's a sign of how separate the debate in washington can be from the debate in the country, that the payroll tax is not a big deal and the prospects of these income tax rate increases are a big deal. >> people are going to feel a pinch with an increase in payroll taxes. >> in an economy growing at 2%, that shock is bigger news than this whole discussion. >> here's what you wrote on the web site today, "if social conservatives can shift their way from the urge to ban and condemn and instead think more about how to support and encourage, they can be a rich source for a larger conservative world and the republican party in the years ahead. so you're giving some serious advice to these social conservatives. >> one thing i've been very disturbed about is the conversation we've been having in the republican party has been to say we were not not wrong about the ryan plan, we were not wrong about the 20% tax cut, we were not wrong about our very m ambitious plans to pivot before this recession is over to deficit reduction. the only thing we were wrong on is the immigration issue. and that is a very easy way to think if you're economically comfortable. but all of those other issues i think are much more important to what happened to republicans and not just in 2012 but in 2008 and in elections before that. there's a lot about social conservative to be unhappy about. it can be culturally reactionary, the impulse to ban everything that people don't like is a retrograde one but at least they are a part of the party that connects the party to the aspirations of the middle class, which it could otherwise drift away from. >> we have to go now but we're going to continue the conversation on what you call the conservative entertainment complex down the road. stand by, we're going to continue that conversation as well. fascinating material from david frum. thank you, david. >> so how well are general petraeus and paula broadwell handling the public scrutiny? up front, i'll ask a close personal friend of 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working this part of the story for us. she's joining us. lisa, tell us a little bit about holly petraeus. >> to put it into perspective, wolf, when david petraeus was commander of the 101st airborne division at ft. campbell, kentucky, his wife, holly, made it a point of greeting the troops returning from afghanistan no matter what time of day or night it was. she is well known in military circles in her own right as an advocate for military families. holly petraeus isn't a military wife sitting in the shadows of her husband, the general. she has carved out her own mission, helping others. >> all you have to do is this. so take the pledge. start saving today. >> reporter: encouraging service members to save, pay down debt and keep their homes out of foreclosure. she currently serves as the director of the consumer financial protection bureaus office of service members affairs. but now holly petraeus' own family is in the midst of a public crisis after her husband resigned as cia director, admitting to an affair. >> she's not exactly pleased right now. in a conversation with david petraeus this weekend, he said that furious would be an understatement. >> reporter: the couple has been married for 38 years and have two grown children. they met on a blind date. she was a student at dickinson college. her father was a general. the superintendent of the u.s. military academy at west point, where david petraeus attended at the time. she comes from a family of military officers going back several generations. she said she was drawn to his intelligence and described their quick courtship in this 2011 interview with her alma mater. >> we met on a football weekend in october of our respective senior years and did some running back and forth, you know, during the succeeding months and actually married a month after graduation. >> reporter: the family moved 24 times during the course of their marriage. as he was retiring from the army in 2011, david petraeus credited his wife for being the force that held the family together during all of those moves. >> she is, as has been noted, an army daughter, an army wife and now an army mother. but she is also much more. she has been mrs. dad for the bulk of the past decade while i was deployed. >> reporter: but petraeus had lengthy tours of duty in afghanistan and iraq leaving behind holly petraeus. she turned her attention to protecting military families from financial scams. later with the newly formed federal consumer agency. >> i realize some of what you're going through. >> reporter: she spoke of the couple's own financial errors when they were young. their first notable purchase after marriage, a red sports car. >> we spent a significant amount of money not only in buying it but repairing it because it broke down all the time. >> reporter: her life has been devoted to taking care of others, her husband, her family and the military community. and then in a 2009 interview with a tampa bay newspaper, she asked which adjectives described her best and she said self sufficient and reliable. we also have some reporting from barbara starr, our pentagon correspondent, in which she stocked to petraeus' spokesman while he was in iraq and the question was how is holly doing and the answer was furious would be an understatement. >>> joining us, our senior political analyst, david gergen. he's known both general petraeus and paula broadwell for several year, has communicated with both of them electronically since the scandal broke. also joining us, howard kurtz, the host of "reliable sources" also the washington bureau chief for "newsweek" and "the daily beast." first of all, david gergen, let me go to you. you've communicated with general petraeus, with paula broadwell. what are they saying? how are they doing? what do they have to relate? >> well, the communication had been private, wolf, and i had sent them notes of support when this news first broke because i have known both of them for a long time. i know him better than i know paula, but i just think the world of him. he's been one of the finest leaders of his generation, warrior scholar, has done great service for this country. i was just -- this is so painful for him and for his family as well as i'm sure for the broadwell family. and, you know, basically as has been reported elsewhere, i think he felt he had to leave. he felt he had done something dishonorable and the honorable thing to do last week was to resign. >> do you have any clue the two of them were engaged in an affair? >> no, none. i did know about the book, and i followed the progress on the book as she was doing -- or collecting information for it. i knew they were involved in many, many conversations. but i saw it entirely as -- it was her thesis, her ph.d. thesis. she was a student at the kennedy school where i'm privileged to teach. i first got to know her then. i knew she was pursuing a book. i was supportive of the research. i thought it had some real value because she was studying him as a leader and that's a subject, as you know, i take an interest in. so i look forward to the book. i think she'll do a good job with it but i have no idea. and i really don't know anything about what happened in terms of the personal relationship. >> howie, you wrote a very strong piece on cnn.com today about the media's relationship with general petraeus. the media had a very favorable image of general petraeus, as you well know. how is that image affecting the coverage since we learned of this scandal on friday? >> wolf, david petraeus has had a distinguished career but has been portrayed as practically walking on water and that is no accident. petraeus, veteran military reporters have told me, that he called them to talk off the record. he cultivated those relationships. that's part of how he got the favorable publicity. so when this scandal exploded and he left the cia, there's no question there was a more sympathetic tone by many journalists and news organizations feeling this was a tragedy for a man that they admired, that they viewed positively. whereas the average public person or politician gets far more caustic treatment. >> he's by no means the only washington figure that tried to cultivate a good working relationship with influential members of the news media. >> but petraeus is a good politician. he was very good at it. he didn't cultivate quite as good a relationship as paula broadwell and i'm not saying reporters are in the tank for him. but there's a lot of sympathy, a lot of admiration for david petraeus. you saw this when the benghazi attack happened. david petraeus did not come out and speak publicly. there was no stories written about why is petraeus mia, should he address the short cummings. and even when the sex scandal exploded, i think he is getting softer treatment from journalists because he has a relationship with many of them, a relationship with many of those who don't have those ties with the press. >> given the timing of this, david gergen, the benghazi investigation on september 11th, four americans including the u.s. ambassador to libya were killed at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. he was supposed to testify this week. what are the political implications, the fallout, if you will, from this scandal? >> well, i think that you're going to have continual ripples on capitol hill, not only about benghazi, but about the fbi and how this investigation was conducted, why it got started and why they weren't told earlier so this story has legs, as you well know. i do think that there are legitimate concerns about benghazi, and it would be -- it's important -- i believe the committees on the hill ought to call general petraeus to testify and let him clear the air on these issues, because i -- he wants -- it's in everybody's interests to separate out, if they are separate, and i think they are, the personal relationship from benghazi. i want to just go back to howie kurtz. i think howie is absolutely right, that he has had very good relationships with the press and i do think that's affected the coverage. but i think it's also important, i don't think he manipulated the press. i think a lot of reporters, my own experience with him was, and i think a lot of reporters saw this, he had an unusual relationship with a lot of his troops. i've had any number of students, wolf, who have been under his command, and they idolize him. he's the figure they have looked up to over the years, because he epitomized what seemed to be best about military leadership. and that's why there's such sadness today and getting past the shock. but i think a lot of reporters picked up on that. i certainly picked up of the i went out to ft. leavenworth at his request to give a talk and spend an evening with him and tour the campus, spent a couple of days with him. all the majors out there who were in school at the command and general staff school just had such a high regard for him. >> you know, we're just getting in some remarks, the secretary of defense, leon panetta, himself a former director of the cia, was speaking to reporters and he told -- and this is his first reaction to the whole scandal about general petraeus. he says, first, obviously, it was a very sad situation to have a distinguished career like that end in this manner and my heart obviously goes out to him and his family, but i think he took the right step and i think it's important whether you're director of the cia with all the challenges that face you in that position that personal integrity comes first and foremost. he says he doesn't know what the future will have there, but he does believe that they have to take a closer look at the coordination, the briefing of the house and senate intelligence committees in these kinds of investigations. do you want to make a final point? >> a little distancing going on by the obama administration. just very briefly, wolf. while general petraeus has gotten that sympathetic treatment, a woman not getting favorable treatment from the press is paula broadwell. >> she is a west point grad, u.s. military officer, ph.d. candidate at harvard. all right, guys, we've got to continue this conversation. obviously it's not going away. david gergen will be back, howie will be back. thank you. >>> for the first time in almost 40 years, an exchange of fire between the israelis and the syrians up on the golan heights. is it just the beginning of a dangerous escalation? stand by. now from the maker of splenda sweeteners, discover nectresse. the only 100% natural, no-calorie sweetener made from the goodness of fruit. the rich, sweet taste of sugar. nothing artificial. ♪ it's all that sweet ever needs to be. new nectresse. sweetness naturally. new nectresse. 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(underwater noises). >>> israeli forces have fired into syria after a syrian mortar shell lappnded in golan heights. it's the first exchange of fire between israel and syria in nearly 40 years. sara sidner is joining us now from jerusalem. sara, what's going on, this back and forth between the israelis and the syrians along the golan heights? >> reporter: well, it's interesting. this is actually the fifth time that the war in syria has spilled over into the golan heights. the first time just a little more than a week ago where tanks were inside the demilitarized zone pointing back towards syria and firing into syria. those were syrian government tanks. then there were bullets that came over and several sets of mortars that came over. the last two, in the last two days, have seen a response that we have not seen before from israel. israel fired into syria two warning shots. one on sunday and one on monday, because mortars had come over into the golan heights, one of them very close to a military post. but in speaking with the government here and in speaking with the leaders of israel, they say that as they're watching this happen, they do not believe that syria is actually trying to attack israel, but that simply the war is spilling over, which is why you're seeing a more muted response from israel. now, i talked to israeli president perez about this escalation. all of these things coming over into the golan heights and here's what he had to say about it. >> every other day we're hearing different things are falling into the golan heights and coming in between in the demilitarized zone. what will israel do if this war becomes part of the problem in israel, starts to spill over more and more and affect the people? >> i think they must understand their own limitations as well. but if it would happen, we shall defend ourselves. that i can say. i don't want exaggerate and to make great declarations and -- no, we are not interested. syria has enough problems of their own and it doesn't gain us any pleasure. but if they're in danger of life, we shall defend ourselves. >> reporter: so you heard a very diplomatic response saying they're going to take a very measured stance when it comes to syria because they really do believe that the war in syria is out of control there, but that israel is not the target at this point, wolf. >> so some tensions along the north, along the golan heights with syria, but there are other tensions along the south along the gaza front between the israelis and the palestinians in gaza. hamas specifically. what's the latest there, sara? >> reporter: much more dire tensions, if you will. there have been more than 100 rockets that have come over from gaza into israel. people have been injured. there has been damage to homes and a lot of fear in israel, as you might imagine. also in gaza, gaza facing 30 people who were injured over the weekend, six people killed, four of them civilians. this back and forth all started, wolf, on thursday with the death of a 13-year-old palestinian boy who was hit by a bullet. witnesses said that bullet came from an israeli soldier's jeep. however, israel's looking into the matter, investigating, saying at this point in time they don't believe they were responsible for the shooting of that child. but since then it has been just a tit for tat. tons and tons of rockets coming over. israel very concerned about the escalation they're seeing in gaza. we're just now hearing that there may be signs of a truce between gaza and israel, but this has really been quite a violent past couple of days. another escalation when it comes to gaza. what's going to happen next, no one knows. but again, israel is saying that they will return fire if they are fired upon. gaza saying the exact same thing. wolf. >> sara sidner in jerusalem for us, sara, thanks very much. >>> this quick footnote, an israeli national security delegation has just wrapped up talks with the president's national security adviser, tom don lan, over at the white house. syria very high on the agenda, also iran. >>> coming up, paula broadwell in her own words. up next, you're going to hear what she has to say. what she has said about her relationship with general david petraeus. money. i was 21, so i said, "hmm, i want to retire at 55." and before you know it, i'm 58 years old. time went by very fast. it goes by too, too fast. ♪ but i would do it again in a heartbeat. 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[ female announcer ] with cisco at the center... working together has never worked so well. >>> long before the petraeus scandal surfaced last friday his mistress appeared on cnn to talk about the new book about the retired u.s. army general, she talked about her relationship with him. >> this project started as a dissertation about three years ago and i was working with general petraeus virtually doing interviews by e-mail and sometimes running with him and selected by the president to replace general mcchrystal i decided the time was right to turn it in to a book and i got a visa and went to afghanistan. i actually went on a few trips with the troopers in the field and headquarters and i think he was thinking i was taking the research seriously and decided to open up more but we had a relationship before i went there as far as this dissertation was concerned so it just took it to another level. >> i want to ask you about something. you write that petraeus almost resigned, paula, almost resigned for president obama's time twabl. why so much friction between the two men in. >> there was a misunderstanding in the headline. he was urged to quit after the decision was made by the president to draw down the troops on a certain time line. several of his mentors and friends sent him e-mails or consulted with him saying this is egregious. it puts the troops and mission at risk. we risk losing everything we gained. he felt that what the president had decided was implementible. in fact, he turned right around, went home and got on a video tell conference and said we'll execute so there was friction i think in that he had made recommendations. the president asked him for another recommendation. he went back to his troops in afghanistan, senior leaders, a very small group, actually, coming back with a recommendation that he felt was viable but it was healthy tension. the in additional security council and team should debate the issues. there's a lot at stake. but there's wider considerations. the economy. many other factors in the president's decision making and wung thing to show in the book is the arc of relationship over time. in 2009, i would say, the military versus the white house. that was the perception in some other sources but the military leaders didn't feel like they were boxing in the president and i think the president learned and the administration has learned is that really we're all in on a broader scale, listen. this is book about strategic leadership and a war chronicle. it's petraeus's intellectual leadership. it's leading through crisis, petraeus is a great model for that. i'm not a spokesperson for him. and if, you know, showing a role model to other people in the world or other readers is a repugnant thing, i'm sorry. i think the values he tries to instill in his organizations are valuable and worth pointing out. >> paula broadwell spent a year with general petraeus in afghanistan interviewing him for that book. >>> much more on that story at the top of the hour. meanwhile, thousands of people in a new york city neighborhood are beginning their third week without power in the wake of the superstorm disaster. we have details of conditions described as deplorable. back from rough economic times. employees are being forced to do more with less. and the need for capable leaders is greater than ever. when you see these problems do you take a step back, or do you want to dive right in? with a degree in business from capella university, you'll have the knowledge to go further in your career than you ever thought possible. let's get started at capella.edu a regular guy with an irregular heartbeat. the usual, bob? not today. 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ask your doctor about once-a-day xarelto®. for more information including cost support options, call 1-888-xarelto or visit goxarelto.com. >>> get this. more than 73,000 customers still without power in the wake of superstorm sandy. victor blackwell reports from one of the hardest hit communities on long island. >> reporter: wolf, the people in this community are beginning the third week without power after superstorm sandy. the people here in this building, the ocean village community building three have no power, some no running water or phone service and no heat. they do have gas, though, and that's how they're heating their homes. opening the ovens and letting the heat out that way. i went up to the 14th floor and spoke with an elderly woman who has just a half bottle of insulin. she has diabetes and doesn't know when she's going to get the refill. we spoke with a woman living in the building, also, saying that the conditions are just deplorable. >> the smell is horrendous. the staircases are -- it's just scary. every day i think i'm coming down the steps, i might see a dead body somewhere. it's -- it's horrendous. >> reporter: when we went inside the building, the hallways are absolutely dark. if you don't have a flashlight, you'll probably walk in to a wall because there's no light inside. there's the smell of garbage in the hallways because some people can't get to the insin air. this is another cold night for the people that live here. fortunately, some people in the community have power back. one of them is dee arrington and said the nights without power were difficult. >> me and daughter have to sleep with the coat on and socks and ten covers on top of us. with the cat. >> reporter: with the cat. >> with the cat. >> reporter: when you tleer with your daughter, what do you tell her? >> i tell her we're going to be all right. >> reporter: dee has people power but the people here are waiting for the power and someone to hook up the generators in the parking lot. they have been here since saturday night and we spoke with the pr company that represents management here. they tell us that work will begin tonight to hook up the generators and they hope to have power restored tonight. wolf? >> victor blackwell, thank you. >>> and happening now, former cia chief david petraeus said to be devastated by the affair that prompted the resignation. this hour, new details coming in right now about why the president of the united states wasn't told sooner. >>> also, the woman at the center of the scandal, how she entered petraeus' top secret world. our guests and other key figures in the story personally. >>> top republicans now sound open to making the rich pay to avoid an economic crisis. i'm wolf blitzer. you are in "the situation room." >>> the real life downfall of the cia director david petraeus is sounding more every day like a racy spy novel and raises serious questions of the way washington works, how well u.s. secrets are protected and how quickly information reaches the president. our own brian todd has new details about the fbi investigation that uncovered petraeus's affair. what are you learning, brian? >> reporter: house majority leader eric cantor of virginia may have found out almost two weeks before the president did about this affair. this and other time lines were following on the investigation have led to some genuine anger over why the white house and other top congressional leaders were not told sooner. a time line cnn has put together shows the republican house majority leader may have known about former cia director david pa tray's extramarital affair before the president did according to aides to eric cantor telling hus he found out from a fbi employee. cantor was told on october 27th, president obama didn't find out about the affair until after election day. congressional leaders from both parties are upset that neither they nor the president were informed until late last week. >> obviously, this was a matter involving a potential compromise of security and the president should have been told about it at the earliest date. >> reporter: a u.s. official said there was no breach of security as a result of the affair. a cantor aide said they called the fbi leadership. but according to "the wall street journal" the fbi probe was under way for months and says the fbi's investigation began in may when it started to look in to e-mails described as threatening sent to a woman cnn identified as a family friend of petraeus's. the fbi traced the e-mails back to paula broadwell. the message of the e-mails was along the lines of stay away from my guy but did not threaten violence. by late summer, "the wall street journal" reports the bureau linked broadwell to petraeus and says top law enforcement officials informed attorney general holder of the situation. >> should he have let the white house know at that point? >> my personal opinion is, no, because once the white house, once some staffer knows, once, you know, various people find out about something, it becomes public almost instantly. you see this all the time. >> reporter: cnn contributor tom fuentes a former assistant fbi director says under the protocols the fbi and justice department should have kept it inside the circle unless there's evidence of a breach of security or criminal wrongdoing and there was no evidence of either. the journal reports the fbi interviewed petraeus the week before the election and nbc news reports the bureau wrapped up the investigation november 2nd. now, on the complaints of top members of congress about not being informed, a u.s. official told us that's natural but quote there's protocols in place to protect people. so why didn't congressman cantor go to top leaders when he got the information on october 27th? a cantor aide said the information came from one person in one phone call that it was unsubstantiated at the time and he felt it was up to the fbi to report it to people in congress when the time was right. wolf? >> what was the nature of the relationship between general petraeus and the woman jill kelly? >> reporter: described by every account as a family friend and sources say that petraeus said he didn't have an affair with anyone but paula broadwell, that's the information we know at the moment. >> brian todd reporting, thank you. >>> we have new information, also, about the e-mails that led to the nib's investigation of general petraeus. kate baldwin is here. >> so many moving parts, wolf. the cia confirmed that petraeus said to broadwell to stop sending e-mails to the family friend and the nature of the e-mails to kelly was along the lines of stay away. but we're told the messages did not threaten violence and that petraeus wasn't mentioned in there by name. as more details merge, members of congress questioned and they want answered. >> chief political analyst gloria borger doing work on this story and reporting. what have you learned? >> well, that the leaders of the house intelligence committee, the chairman and the ranking democrat are going to be meeting on first thing wednesday morning with the acting cia director mike morel and the deputy fbi director shawn joyce about the petraeus investigation. this is not about libya, bengha benghazi, particularly of the questions of whether they should have been informed on this before they were informed and one occurred. one source with knowledge of the session to take place said it will be a big-time dive in to the question of what the national security act requires them to do because i think it's a little fuzzy on whether they should have been informed. after all, it wasn't a covert operation. this was a criminal investigation resolved without national security implications as you already know. the chairman of the senate intelligence committee dianne feinstein has the same kind of questions an she wants to make sure i think that there are things that were not floating out there that she didn't know about, for example, general petraeus's recent trip to the middle east and she's, you know, i think they're all kind of concerned about why they weren't informed and, in fact, maybe why the president wasn't informed. >> actually, went to libya, too. >> benghazi. >> and the aftermath. >> hearing for the first time, some new comments of the former cia director now defense secretary leon panetta. >> he's in an interesting situation, also a former member of congress. >> all three of these. >> been in all of these and here's what he said today enroute to asia. as a former director of the cia and having worked very closely with the intelligence committees, you know i believe there's a responsibility to make sure that the intelligence committees are informed of issues that could affect, you know, the security of these intelligence operations. so it's clear that panetta is sort of saying there, wel
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days before he was to receive about benghazi add up. >>> plus, who is paula broadwell, the woman at the center of the scandal. how she became so close with petraeus, along with the warning signs that something may have been wrong. and an "outfront" investigation into complaints the red cross is not doing enough to help victims of sandy. are donations getting to the people who need them? let's go "outfront." good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, a risky affair. there are new questions about the affair that led cia director david petraeus to resign and when did he pose a national security threat. the affair came to light during an investigation of so-called jealous e-mails sent by paula broadwell to this woman in tampa. her name is jill kelley. tonight a u.s. official confirms to cnn that petraeus told broadwell to stop sending harassing e-mails to kelley. who is kelley? along with her husband, she's known petraeus and his family for more than five years. that couple met the four star general when he was stationed at medil air force base in tampa. now, what abo
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security clearance of paula broadwell, the former mistress of david petraeus. this is after investigators found substantial classified information on her computer and the glare being question, did broadwell's relationship with david petraeus give her access to these classified documents? "outfront" tonight, cnn national security contributor, fran townsend. she's also a member of the cia external add voizry committee and knowed a lot about what it means to have top clearance. the name of the fbi agent, frederick humphries, who was by the way, involved in foiling a terrorist attack in 1999. very accomplished fbi agent. what do you know about the relationship? >> it's interesting. apparently, i understand from a senior law enforcement official that humphries and jill kelley met when she attended the citizens academy. this is a sort of familiarization program that the fbi runs across the country in communities to familiarize people and sort of get them to understand the work of the fbi in their community so it's part of the see something, say something. this is another mean of the fbi reachin
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the affair between petraeus and his biographer, paula broadwell, in late summer. we'll have more on how in just a moment. so the fbi reportedly knew in late summer that the head of the cia was having an affair, but it wasn't until months later after election day that president obama found out, and the house and senate intelligence committees didn't find out until friday. congressional leaders from both parties are angry, they say they should have been notified sooner that there were potential national security issues. senate intelligence committee chair dianne feinstein said today she is going to investigate why the fbi didn't tell oversight committees about the investigation. >> a decision was made somewhere not to brief us which is atypical. it is very puzzling and i think was a mistake because this thing just came so fast and so hard, and since then, it's been like peeling an onion. every day another peel comes off and you see a whole new dimension to this. >> there's still a lot we don't know tonight. analysts say there's no evidence, no evidence that the affair led to any secur
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cia director david petraeus and his biographer, paula broadwell. a pentagon official told reporters allen who commands the war in afghanistan is adamant he did nothing wrong. a senior official close to allen tells cnn of kelly there is no affair, she's a bored socialite. a u.s. official says there appears to be nothing criminal involved. but allen is now under investigation for what is called inappropriately flirtatious e-mails to kelly. >> secretary directed it be referred to inspector general of department of defense. >> the fbi found up to 35,000 pages of documents, some dating back two years during the investigation. according to a senior official close to allen, one message the afghan commander sent warned kelly she had been threatened. the official says allen had received an anonymous message, now believed to be from broadwell. the pentagon was called in because allen is subject to military law. but why did this only come out now in public view? >> we have a large amount of alleged material that went between these individuals, as much as 30,000 pages. it's not clear whether th
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. official it was a complaint that paula broadwell, the woman who wrote the biography of general peatry was was sending harassing e-mails to another woman that prompted the fbi to investigate. also we know from that source that the investigation led to the discovery of e-mails between broadwell and petraeus that indicated the affair. that second woman hasn't been identified and the official we spoke with didn't know the nature of that woman's relationship with the former director. but more details are coming out about the time line of events and when u.s. officials were notified of the circumstances of this investigation. senior u.s. intelligence official tells cnn the fbi informed the director of national intelligence, james clapper, about the investigation on tuesday night, election night, just as some polls were beginning to close, and that director clapper as a friend, colleague, fellow officer and admirer, urged petraeus to step down from his position. we know as well from that intelligence source that director clapper informed the white house about the investigation on wednesday,
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affair with his by og gra fer paula broadwell went public two days ago. much more on the investigation in a few minutes on cnn. >>> a bipartisan plan for immigration reform appears to be in the work. charles schumer and lindsay graham say their plan includes a tough love path to citizenship. graham and schumer teamed up on immigration back in 2010, and that plan went nowhere. republicans may have fresh motivation after election losses last week. >>> two newly reported deaths in new york have raised the death toll from superstorm sandy to at least 113. nearly two weeks after the storm crashed through the northeast, residents in new york and new jersey are still clearing debris from their homes and battling the cold. communitying to get a little easier for new jersey residents. the p.a.t.h. train system from new jersey to manhattan will resume at 5:00 a.m. more on the power outages across the region in just a few minutes as well. >>> israel fired warning shots into neighboring syria today effectively telling syria keep that civil war inside your own country. an israeli mili
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' then mistress paula broadwell apparently saw as a rival. a whole new chapter in a saga that since last friday has been one bombshell after another. and so far, all of them have something to do with kelley. she's a volunteer military liaison at the air force base, home of the u.s. central command in tampa, florida. kelley complained to the fbi last spring when paula broadwell was having an affair with petraeus allegedly harassed her with jealous e-mails. petraeus admitted the affair with broadwell but denies any elicit contact with kelley. so does general allen who was scheduled for a senate confirmation hearing this very week to become nato's supreme allied commander. today that's on hold, but he will continue in his position as the investigation continues. and all of that as the pentagon digs through 20,000 to 30,000 pages of e-mails and other communications, many with kelley over a two-year period. >>> each revelation brings 100 new questions and my colleague chris lawrence joins me from the pentagon to answer some of them. chris, so many twists and turns in this story. it's har
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information that the fbi had as to whether this woman that you mentioned, paula broadwell, we'll talk more about her, that she would have accessed his information with his approval or unbeknowest to him? >> i know the two kept in touch. i've worked with paula professionally as well. i've reached out to her several times today and haven't gotten a response, but we know they continue to talk frequently. >> all right. thank you very much. suzanne's going to stay with us and just to let our viewers know, paula broadwell has been a regular guest on this program. we reached out to her as well today. fred kaplin joins me from slate.com, author and fran townsend, a contributor for us. fred, let me start with you. you were the first to write about this specific, the affair today and to mention paulabroad well. what can you tell us? >> well, i can tell you that i have this from multiple, highly reliable sources. you know, she wrote this book about him, which was more of a valentine to him. people, it had been rumored that something was going on between the two of them for some time. i never believed
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he was involved in an extramarital affair, paula broadwell. his biographer. she spent a year with petraeus in afghanistan for the book he wrote. cnn has not been able to reach broadwell for a comment and it's not clear whether she is the woman whom petraeus had the affair. the counterintelligence unit investigated the tip to see if there was a security risk. they said tl not suggestion that the fbi was investigating for wrong doing. the concern was that he could be in a vulnerable spot. >> and is there any information that you have in terms of this information that the fbi had as to whether this woman that you mentioned, paula broadwell, we'll talk more about her, that she would have accessed his information with his approval or unbeknownest to him? >> i know the two kept in touch. i've worked with paula professionally as well. i've reached out to her several times today and haven't gotten a response, but we know they continue to talk frequently. >> all right. thank you very much. suzanne's going to stay with us and just to let our viewers know, paula broadwell has been a regular
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organizations are valuable and worth pointing out. >> that was paula broadwell then. she has not spoken subsequently. as we said, the timeline of the scandal, who got notified and when, is now under the microscope. cnn intelligence correspondent suzanne kelly has more on that. >> reporter: according to a friend of petraeus, the affair began in november last year, two months after the retired general took the helm at the cia. that same friend also reports that meetings between the two were infrequent, but at some point, petraeus and broadwell began communicating via personal e-mail accounts. e-mails that a government official describes as explicit. skip ahead to may of this year. that's about the time a government official says broadwell began sending threatening e-mails to jill kelley, described as a family friend of petraeus, who lives in tampa, warning her to stay away. that official tells us that kelley shared her concerns over the threatening nature of the e-mails with a friend of the fbi, and that prompted an investigation. sometime after petraeus became aware of the e-mails, a gov
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biographer paula broadwell. we also have a better timeline. james clapper was informed tuesday evening. the president was told thursday, hours before his face-to-face meeting with general petraeus. there are still questions about why congressional leaders weren't told until friday. but let's get back to general petraeus. an official tells cnn that james clapper encouraged petraeus to step down after learning of the affair. joining me now is rejeve from "the washington post." good morning to you. do you think general would have step dound if clapper hadn't suggested it? >> good morning, randi. i think pe tratraeus faced withs investigation, faced with officials understanding what has occurred between him and his biographer paula broadwell was left with little choice. with everything i know, i think that resignation would have been something he likely would have suggested himself as well. >> you have written quite a bit about petraeus. how surprised were you when you heard this news? >> profoundly surprised. it didn't seem in character. petraeus was something nr than just a shrewd battle
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breaking news with what the fbi was doing last night at paula broadwell's home. she is the woman who had the affair with general petraeus. details on that in a moment. also tonight, keeping them honest on the new twist and turns in the petraeus sex scandal. his affair with broadwell led him to resigning as cia director. you know that already. now another four star general, john allen, is connected to the scandal. we will also look at who's who in this growing scandal. we will map out the key players and connect some of the dots. first, the big question tonight is who authorized the investigation which led to petraeus' stepping down and why? we know his extramarital affair was discovered when this woman, jill kelley, complained about anonymous and what might be considered mildly harassing e-mails. new tonight, a source tells cnn that kelley first mentioned the e-mails in a casual conversation with an fbi agent in may whom she knew. a casual conversation. the source tells us the fbi agent said, let me check it out. the fbi has been on the case since then, and now kelley finds herself i
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petraeus' affair with paula broadwell until after the presidential election. "the wall street journal" says attorney general eric holder knew in late summer of the affair. that information according to the white house was never passed until months later. consider this, the director of the cia was having an extramarital affair, communicating with his mistress via an unsecure e-mail account and potentially putting national security at risk. yet president obama was never informed about it until months later. obama was asked about the investigation today during the news conference. >> i am withholding judgment with respect to how the entire process surrounding general petraeus came up. you know, we don't have all of the information yet. but i want to say that i have a lot of confidence generally in the fbi and they have a difficult job. and so i'm going to wait and see. >> the white house says there are protocols, that's the word they used, that must be followed when notifying the white house about criminal investigations. but keeping them honest, turns out there was a 2007 memo by then attorne
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. troops in afghanistan. and more than an affair? searching the home of mistress paula broadwell. >>> fashion faux pas. known for its runway shows but racism in the briefest of briefs? >>> we talk to michigan state head coach tom izzo live this hour. "newsroom" starts now. >>> and good morning from washingt washington. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining us. this morning, a shocking new development in the sex scandal that toppled one of the most respect respected men in washington. now it has snared another top general, john allen, commander of all international troops in afghanistan. today the feds are sifting through a mountain of e-mails and messages he traded with a woman named jill kelley. a mind boggling 20,000 to 30,000 pages and agents are searching for anything inappropriate. now here is the common link. that woman, kelley, jill kelley, she's the one who received harassing e-mails supposedly from petraeus' jealous mistress, paula broadwell. petraeus admits to the affair with broadwell and has said that this woman, kelley, is a family friend. we'll take a look at each of
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-mails. then over time, they're able to identify it's paula broadwell. then they figure out who paula broadwell is and at that point, the case, the aperture of the case starts to open because they say well, what's this e-mail account, what's this other e-mail account that's talking to it, let's subpoena the rest of the e-mails and start going through them, and piece it together. some of the conversations are cryptic. >> it seems that the crucial twist in the tale which has emerged tonight is that this original fbi agent who was already friendly with miss kelley, he then gets taken off the case for inappropriate behavior for supposedly sending shirtless pictures of himself to her, to the woman who has come to him to investigate, and because of that, he then feels disaffected and goes to a congressman, at which point the whole balloon goes up, right? >> okay. so he was never on the case. he doesn't work on the cybersquad. it's not his violation to investigate. the reason he brought her to those agents was that's the squad that does this work that's beyond his expertise. he's in an
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affair with paula broadwell. a friend jill kelley asked to investigate harassing e-mails see whas receiving from paula broadwell. the "wall street journal" saying the fbi agent who initiated the investigation at kelli's request is under scrutiny. the agent has not been identified but allegedly sent kelley shirtless photos of himself. started with a complaint about harassing e-mails. he here's what we know about the woman who made that complaint, jill kelley, married to a cancer surgery, she has three daughters, lived in tampa, well-known among washington social circles. they have been friends with general patreaus and his family for five years. friends describe kelley as an innocent victim about e-mails accuse kelley of flirting with patreaus. how does this impact the careers of the two generals but also implications as well in defense secretary leon panetta has asked that general john allen's nomination to be supreme commander put on hold. for patreaus, panetta asked whether any kags that his affair started when he was still in active duty. >> we obviously are going to watch this
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driving west point grad named paula broadwell, the fbi probe of it which began with menacing e-mails sent by broadwell to yet another woman with whom petraeus is close. and the fallout, congressional outrage over, a, being kept in the dark and, b, not being able to question petraeus in this week's hearings on the benghazi attack in september. at least perhaps not yet. i want to bring in cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr. barbara, adultery can be a crime in the military but it is not in the cia. it can, however, be a risky, risky endeavor. are there any indications at this point that our national security was threatened in the petraeus case? >> well, ashleigh, so far there is no indication of that but the facts have not come out in public. earlier today retired general james "spider "marks who broadwell once worked for and knows petraeus addressed this very question. >> there's absolutely almost zero percent chance that national security was compromised or was at risk. now, clearly, based on an initial investigation, there might have been classified documents that were found on
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humphreys ii. and others say that paula broadwell, her security clearance is now suspended. also, petraeus will testify about the libya consulate attack after all, before a closed hearing of the house intelligence committee. that will happen tomorrow. >>> bp has reportedly agreed to pay an unprecedented fine and admit to criminal misconduct in connection with the 2010 deepwater horizon spill. reuters reports that bp and the justice department have cut a plea agreement that could be announced as soon as today. bp will only confirm that it's in advanced discussions is and they haven't reached a final agreement. >>> cy young award going to the knuckleballer and the fireballer. the new york mets' ace r.a. dickey won the national league sigh you cy young. in the american league, it was the young flame thrower, david price. the lefty very, very good, of the tampa bay rays. he won the cy young award. price tied the american league for wins with 20. >>> so mitt romney is taking heat from at least one top republican for claiming the president defeated him by giving gifts to young minority
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. sources say the affair was with his biographer paula broadwell. >>> immigration reform appears to be in the works. charles schumer and lindsey graham say their plan involves a tough love path to citizenship. that plan went nowhere when they teamed up. there may be fresh motivation after election losses. >>> the death toll from sandy climbed to at least 113 with two more deaths reported in new york. two weeks after it crashed through residents in new york and new jersey are still cle clearing debris from their homes. the path rail system into manhattan will resume 5:00 a.m. >>> serious divergent rebel groups are formally united after the pressure from u.s. and arab nations. opposition leaders met in qatar and agreed to call their new group the national collisialiti forces of the syrian revolution. it's considered a final step no order to oust bashar. his group is fighting terrorists bent on destabilizing syria. >>> israel fired warning shots telling syria keep that civil war inside your own country. a spokesman said a shell hit a post today and they are deeply concerned about the potenti
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biographer, paula broadwell, uncovered during an fbi investigation. the bureau was looking into so-called jealous e-mails purchase reportedly send by broadwell to kelley, a petraeus family friend. tonight, the "washington post" has reported that as president obama rearranges his national security team, it is considering asking senator john kerry to serve on the team and the fbi agent was barred from taking part in the case for allegedly sending shirtless pictures of himself to a woman involved in the case. meanwhile, the ghost writer of broadwell's book, vernon loeb, says he was clueless about the affair between petraeus and broadwell. here with the latest on the scandal that keeps getting bigger and more bizarre, cnn's pentagon correspondent barbara starr and intelligence correspondent, suzanne kelly. welcome back to you both. >> thank you. >> when we talked on friday night, it was all just breaking and it seemed a relatively straightforward scandal but none of us thought it would stay that way, and sure enough, tonight, a really bizarre twist. it's not john kerry possibly becomin
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' affair with his biographer, paula broadwell. two experts from the fbi on why president obama didn't learn of the investigation for six months. let's go "outfront." >>> i'm erin burnett. good evening. "outfront" tonight, a scandal turns more bizarre. new details tonight on the petraeus scandal. the white house, forced to take a stand. not on david petraeus, but on another four-star general, john allen. america's top commander in afghanistan. he was set to become the nato supreme commander, until the president put that nomination on hold today. like petraeus, allen is at the top of the american military. he's a four-star general. one of only four four-star generals in the entire u.s. marine corps. officials are investigating general john allen after finding allegedly inappropriate e-mails between general allen and jill kelley. the same jill kelley who had contacted the fbi about receiving harassing e-mails from petraeus biographer and former mistress, paula broadwell. allen, who once worked for petraeus at the u.s. central command, denies any wrongdoing as investigators look through 20,000
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very clear that based on again, my discussions with him, he has not provided paula broadwell or anyone with information, classified information that they shouldn't have. >> has he had any conversation or contact with paula broadwell in the last few days? >> last few days, i'm not aware of any. she, up until everything that came out with the news, i'm sure she was still working on her dissertation. there was some potential contact back and forth over a little bit of time about that. you have to imagine somebody who is doing their dissertation is not going to just give up that entire body of work and research very easily. >> what about jill kelley? how do you describe david petraeus' relationship with her? >> i think very simply as close personal friends of not only david petraeus but of his wife, holly, as well. they met the kelleys not too long after they arrived at tampa, mcdill air force base, home of u.s. central command, where he became the commander october 31st, 2008. my understanding is that the kelleys hosted a dinner not too long after they arrived and took command to s
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much. >> several news organizations have reported that the woman is paula broadwell, who is his biographer who took a tv tour, went on "the daily show" with jon stewart, talking about general petraeus, about what great man he is, and supposedly an fbi investigation started by i'm she had written led to general petraeus having to step down. you're saying there were rumors in the press box. >> rumors but maybe questions about why she was so close to a four-star general who was running the war in afghanistan. they never got answers. in fact, the public affairs people said it's nothing, he's just mentoring her. sthad to me last night, one of the public affairs office, they never went to petraeus and said, hey, they're asking questions about her, which would have been an appropriate thoing do for a public affairs person. that never happened. but let me just continue. petraeus knew three weeks ago that the fbi was onto this affair, okay? the honorable thing to do three weeks ago would have been to resign, not wait until the owned testify election. you know, we teach our clients in 15
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-mail investigation. officials told cnn that this woman complained that paula broadwell was sending her harassing e-mails. broadwell spent a year with petraeus in baghdad, and when this information came through, we learned about u.s. and afghan troops. >> well, i think it is taking it a little too far. there is a bull's eye, i think a lot of this dialogue is overlooking the very strong relationships that many units have with their partner afghan units and the ministries where this happens, in fact. some of their soldiers, typically called afghan hands, have great respect. i can't go too far and say there is a target on everybody's back. >> susan kelly is joining us now, tracking this story since it first broke. this is getting really complicated. what is the latest on this e-mail investigation and how it led to petraeus stepping down, suzanne. >> reporter: well, as you just mentioned we know now from a u.s. official, that the woman complained that paula broadwell, sending harassing e-mails, that prompted the investigation. we also know from that source that the investigation led to
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-mails between paula broadwell and david petraeus. broadwell is the woman who wrote his biography. the fbi looks to see whether his communications had been compromised, and they said they had not been. now, petraeus was interviewed by the fbi, but it's not clear if broadwell has been questioned and if she will be. a u.s. official said petraeus was never a target of an investigation and that a tip about an affair led to that probe. now, general petraeus was scheduled to testify next week about the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. now what happens now that he's gone? suzanne kelly is in washington with that part of this big story. >> susan, as washington reels from the announcement not only that david petraeus is stepping down from the post, but also from the admission he was having an extramarital affair, a u.s. official has said the counter intelligence unit was investigating a tip that he was having an affair because they needed to determine whether there was a potential security risk. the official telling cnn there was no suggestion that the fbi was investigating petraeus for a
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correspondent barbara starr. she's getting new information on paula broadwell. what are you learning, barbara? >> wolf, some really stunning new information. cnn has learned from two u.s. officials that paula broadwell's security clearance has been suspended. she is a serving reservist, if you will, with the u.s. army, a military intelligence analyst. as such, she would at least have a secret level security clearance. we are now told that security clearance suspended pending the outcome of several investigations. we went to the army to ask them for an official response. they will not say anything except the following. and let me read it to you. "appropriate actions with regard to this officer's clearance and access have been taken." the statement goes onto say "the army has been cooperating with federal law enforcement authorities in this matter. and those actions are ongoing." wolf, you will recall a couple of days ago the fbi went to broadwell's home. we all saw the video of fbi agents taking away boxes of material, computers. the discussion centering around what kind of classified
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was with whiz biographer paula broadwell. more on that in a few moments. >>> bipartisan agreement appears to be in the work. charles schumer and lindsey graham says that their path including a tough love to citizenship. they teamed up in 2010, and that plan went nowhere, but the republicans may have fresh motivation after election losses last week. >>> death toll from superstorm sandy has climbed to 113 with two more deaths reported in new york. two weeks after the storm crashed through the northeast, residents in new york and new jersey are clearing debris from their homes and battling the cold. commuting could -- combatting the cold could get easier for new jersey residents as the train will reopen tuesday. >>> and there is new pressure from u.s. and arab nations to meet. they met in qatar and agreed to call the new group the international coalition of the syrian revolution, and it is a vital push to oust the president al assad. >>> today, in syria, rebel groups said to keep that civil war inside of your own country. a spokesman said that a mortar shell hit a military base and i
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jill kelley. the petraeus family friend who unwittingly exposed his affair with paula broadwell. right now general allen's nomination to be the next nato supreme commander in europe is on hold. >>> a small plane went down tuesday after takeoff in jackson, mississippi, slamming into a house and killing all three people onboard. a person inside the house was injured in the crash as well. the plane's owner says all three men onboard the piper pa-32 were pilots heading to an faa safety conference in re monday, mississippi, when the plane went down. >>> and the man who said he had a sexual relationship with kevin clash is now changing his story. he said he had a relationship with clash when he was 16 years old now. through his attorney the accuser says it was an adult consensual relationship. >>> stephen colbert's super pack is now closed. that was posted online by the federal commission. it may have started as a joke but the super pac raked in more than $2 million. he used some of the money to pay for the funny campaign ads during the republican primaries during his ill-fated attempt to be
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included an admonition to, quote, back off, came from paula broadwell. while combing through broadwell's e-mails they came upon david petraeus. let's stop it here and bring in suzanne -- suzanne kelly in washington, our intelligence correspondent. suzanne, a lot of ground to cover here. we have this video that has surfaced of paula broadwell, last month, speaking at the university of denver and she's speaking here as david petraeus' biographer about the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. let's take a listen. >> i don't know if a lot of you heard this, but the cia an annex had taken a couple prisoner and they think the attack on the consulate was an attempt to get the prisoners back. that's still being vetted. >> where did she hear that? did it come from david petraeus and do we know if her claim was true, the cia was holding captives inside a consular annex in benghazi? >> right, ted. this raises serious issues. she clearly said in the video the information she was sharing on libya and the cia holding prisoners there hadn't been vetted. so that means she
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soap "army wives." now another woman is involved that paula broadwell allegedly sent her these harassing e-mails because of her friendship with the general. how does the military community make sense of all of this? >> i think the most important thing to remember about the petraeus family is that they have spent their entire marriage working for the military. holly petraeus is so well known for her work with predatory lenders and trying to end the military foreclosures on homes. this is a family that is known for fighting for the military family itself. >> i just can't even imagine how mrs. petraeus is feeling this morning. i want to talk a little bit more about ms. broadwell, though. she's military herself. she wrote a book on the general. she used that book -- she used that to plug her book on comedy central's jon stewart. she's writing her dissertation on the general. even after the affair is over allegedly writes harassing e-mails to a woman who knows the general. what do you make of her? >> what i think is important about that relationship is we've got to keep in mind that
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. that woman was paula broadwell who wrote petraeus's biography. she said she used to jog with the general while he was leading the war in afghanistan. they got to know each other. the fbi checked petraeus's e-mail accounts and said they had not been compromised. petraeus was interviewed by the fbi, but it is unclear if broadwell has been questioned. i want to bring in joel kelly, her husband released this statement earlier today. this is the statement. it says, "we and our family have been friends with general petraeus and his family for over five years. we respect his and his family's privacy and want the same for us and our three children." we are also now learning that paula broadwell revealed information regarding the investigation of the attack on the consulate in benghazi, li a libya. a video of her speaking in denver has now surface odd youtube. >> i don't know if a lot of you heard this, about the the cia annex had taken a couple of libyan militia members prisoner and they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back, so it's stil
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